Saturday, June 4, 2011

Overheard at the Booth 2: Self-Diagnosis in the Internet Age (Playing Doctor)

When I started my practice, it was still at a time when people had respect for their doctors. Nowdays everybody just comes in with their own diagnosis that they picked up on the Internet.

So they think they know better than you?

Yeah, like 11 years of school and $200,000 in student loans doesn't count for ship against a Google search.

I know! Last month Ista had a sore throat and these little red and white dots at the back of her mouth and I looked around and every site kept telling me that she had cancer. Cancer. Cancer. Cancer. God, by two am I was sure she was a goner! Heck, the only alternative that I found was that she had AIDS.

It was probably just strep throat.

It was! She went to her doctor the next day. Strep.

You could have just called me, I would have saved you the trip.

Yeah, but I didn't want to bother you. I figured if I researched a little bit it would cut down on the time it takes to diagnose.

Hm. Maybe that's what my patients think. They probably think they're doing me a favor by trying to play doctor.

That, and also because it's fun!

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